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Chitkul-Dumti road will strengthen Indo-China border security: HP CM

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Virbhadra in Kinnaur

Laid foundation stone of rupees three crore sewerage scheme for Chitkul, Rs. 12.24 crore 66/22 KV electric sub Station at Karcham

KINNAUR- While addressing a public meeting at Chitkul, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is on three-days tour to the tribal district of Kinnaur, on Friday said upgrading and construction of Chitkul-Dumti road, considered to be strategically important, will strengthen armed forces, especially ITBP.

Himachal Pradesh shares 220 km of the international border with China and around 140 kms length was along the Kinnaur district, while 80 km of border falls in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district.

Expressing concern over the delay of work on Rakchham-Chitkul road, the CM directed for re-tendering of the work. He said the work on Dumti road be given to such a contractor who could finish the work well in time adding that contractors who delay work for years, should be blacklisted.

Virbhadra Kinnaur tour

The government, he said, was more concerned about strengthening the border roads so that the armed forces could be placed at better position in times of exigency. Similarly, the work on 20 kilometres of road from Thangi to Kunnu -Charang was also in progress. So far, 14 kilometres of road had been completed and a sum of Rs 28 crore was being spent on it. The remaining six kilometres would be completed by end of December, said the CM. Another road from Kota to Dogri was also under construction, he said, adding the road till Dogri was being constructed with a provision of Rs 12.50 crore and would benefit the army and the ITBP. These roads will help increase the mobility of the forces which can better keep vigil on the International Border with China.

He said the road had already been constructed till Shipki-La bordering China. The State government was time and again taking up the matter with the Union Government for laying Bilaspur-Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Leh rail line through mid of lower Himachal, which would be of great strategic importance and besides helping the Indian Army along with boosting tourism activities.

He directed the HPSEBL officers to replace the old wooden poles and old wires to provide better voltage and uninterrupted electric supply to the residents of the area. He also announced upgrading of Government High School Chitkul to Government Senior Secondary School and a new Patwar circle for Chitkul and Rakchham to be opened at Rakchham.

Earlier, he inaugurated 100 feet Bailey Bridge over Kharogla Nallah constructed at a cost of Rs 1.15 crore to re-store the connectivity from Sangla Rakcham and Chitkul villages. He also inaugurated Primary Health Centre building at Chitkul.
Primary health centre chitkul, kinnaur

He laid foundation stone of rupees three crore sewerage scheme for Chitkul, Rs. 12.24 crore 66/22 KV electric sub Station at Karcham which is expected to benefit fourteen thousand people of 13 villages of the surrounding areas along-with Kalpa and Pooh area and will also help in providing uninterrupted power supply and solve low voltage problem.

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Make a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

Parwanoo Counciloor Nisha sharma

Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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